Antorus the Burning Throne, 5 in/4 down

This week, Raid Team Mayhem stepped into Antorus (N) for the first time. Completed Garothi, Felpups, High Command, and Eonar.

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Picture by Faebelina on Deviant Art

Garothi Worldbreaker: This one was a fairly painless boss for the team. The mechanics are pretty straight forward. Avoid bad, leave room for tanks to drop missiles, focus on primary target, profit.

Felhounds of Sargeras: Also no-muss, no-fuss kind of fight. Random amusement, these puppies play fetch with each other, stay out of the path of the cute game.

Antoran High Command: Suddenly, all bets are off. There are enough moving parts and mechanics in this fight to really jack your day up. I lost count on the wipes for this fight. One of the biggest issues is the fusillade. As ranged/healers, you MUST stay away from the shield generators as long as possible, otherwise you have blade storms sitting on the entire raid. You only see each boss twice. When you hit enrage, the general doesn’t go back into his pod. And you run out of shields. Ouch! We hit the enrage on the final pull, but had enough damage dealers and brezzes to pull off the last bit of health. Our pod person had enough time to set out a 7th shield for us to just squeak by for the kill. Sloppy as hell, but we’ll take it. Next time, we’ll clean it up a bit. I’m pretty sure we spent over 2 hours on this fight alone between the 2 nights.

Eonar the Life-Binder: This one had me the most concerned. It’s a complicated fight to describe. It’s a simple fight to win. The sub-zone is also beautiful. I want to move the druid class hall to here. The extra ability in the zone is fun too. As a druid, you can fly around in stag form with a passenger on your back. Eonar’s visage in front of the portal before you go in is beautiful too. Next time I’m in this part of the raid, I want to get some screen shots.

Portal Keeper Hasabel: This is is another fight that’s complicated to describe. We didn’t down her. However, I think we’ll take her down next attempt. The movement to the different platforms almost reminds me of the phase changes on Grommash in Siege of Orgrimmar.

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Well…I didn’t suck (also pumpkin xmog)

…of course, I wouldn’t say I was all that good either. I can tell that G’Hanir, the Mother Tree wasn’t properly tended to while I was MIA from WoW. I need to get heads down in AP acquisitiion and make some adjustments to talents/play-style. Wednesday, I was invited to the ToS (N) to take on The Fallen Avatar and Kil’jaeden. I hadn’t even run the LFR by that point. Tanked the floor for a bit on those two fights.

Today, Fussypants from Growing Up in Azeroth invited me to a ToS (H) run with the guild. Earlier today, I’d refreshed my memory a bit on the fights and run it completely on LFR. So I had the mechanics down a little bit better, but hadn’t spent too much time looking at the heroic differences.  We got to Kil’Jaeden and called it for the night. Over the two nights, I wound up with warforged normal tier shoulders and heroic tier cloak.

there be pumpkin xmogs here>>>>>

Blogiversary

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In all my relocation and trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing on this rock of ours (news flash: I still have no farking clue), I apparently missed my 3 year blogiversary with WordPress (by about 2.5 months). Heh! Preoccupied much?

This originally started out as a place where I could geek out about WoW and riding motorcycles. On the heart front, it’s seen me go from happily married to the woman of my dreams to accepting that her heart has moved on (though I hadn’t really posted a lot on that subject). On the home front, it’s seen me living in FL, then *poof*, gone and mysteriously in Oregon and already looking for a new place to live. On the motorcycle front, it’s seen me and the bike through all kinds of fun and not-so-fun times and (though I haven’t posted the details) driving across the entire US from FL to OR. On the WoW front, it’s seen me wasting time chasing ridiculous achievements, destroying a guild that I once considered family, server transferring my toons to a more active server cluster and guild (almost a parallel to my cross-country relocation), become a raider (and eventually an assistant raid-lead), and then slide back into the background of the green text. I didn’t think this would become a living entity of sorts. It’s been a source of new friendships and another place to connect with existing friends.

So here we are. Three years in. Here’s to at least 3 more.

Changes and transitions 

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Since leaving central FL on 2017/05/13, I’ve effectively stopped playing WoW. I’ve logged in on occasion to handle mail, auctions, kick off missions (until I ran out of resources), occasionally try the Mimiron’s Head and Ashes of Al’ar runs on a toon or three, and claim the pets/mounts that I’ve collected via the WoW shop. However, I have not really played. I’ve missed 7.2, class mounts, and Tomb of Sargeras (yes I can still enjoy the content, but it’s old news). Patch 7.3 is out now, and I’m about to be relocating again.

blah blah blah >>>>>

Slowly getting back into the groove.

I’m still kicking. The divorce is still fucking with my head and affecting my socialization with others. I’m hiding in the hidey hole of my bank guild most often, I really need to figure out which toons are going to be appearing back in the guild and start with the whole socializing thing. Aestalas is still in and level 110 and raid-worthy. I’ve leveled the demon hunter to 110. I did enjoy the leveling experience of havoc, but love the undyingness (yes, I just made that word up) of vengeance for those tough quests with many mobs. Don’t know how much I’m really going to do on that toon now that she’s maxed. I’ve brushed off the fury/prot warrior. Once again, I’ve found that I still really love fury warrior. I like the prot off-spec for those tough quests too. She’s a high contender for socializing in the guild again. Other contenders for the guild are assassination rogue, and marksmanship hunter.

Blah blah blah and an xmog>>>>>